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Task Force Forms to Fix City Sidewalks, Pedestrian Safety Meeting Planned

A city task force will recommend policy and funding changes that would enable the city to address the estimated $204 million backlog of broken sidewalks and missing curb ramps.

 

Editor's Note: The following is courtesy of PEDS, a results-oriented, advocacy organization dedicated to making metro Atlanta safe and accessible for all pedestrians.

Are you tired of tripping over broken sidewalks?

Atlanta City Council members Natalyn Archibong and Carla Smith have created a task force that will recommend policy and funding changes that would enable the City to address the estimated $204 million backlog of broken sidewalks and missing curb ramps.

PEDS President Sally Flocks will be participating in the first task force meeting, which is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. in Committee Room 1 at City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.

At a July forum, participating council members recognized the need to repair broken sidewalks. Following advice from city attorneys, however, they expressed caution about supporting policy changes. They also looked to funds from the proposed regional transportation tax to help fund sidewalk maintenance.

Now that the TSPLOST was rejected by voters in July, PEDS will encourage City Council members to move forward on introducing a bond referendum providing funds dedicated solely to addressing maintenance needs

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Do you know of pedestrian-friendly projects, programs or people you'd like PEDS to recognize? If so, please submit your nomination by Friday, Sept 21. Nomination forms are available online.

Awardees will be recognized Nov. 13  at PEDS' 13th annual Golden Shoe Awards Celebration. The event will be held at 1075 Peachtree Street from 6 - 8 p.m.

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Do your transportation engineers and planners know how to design streets that pedestrians can cross? Are they comfortable installing midblock crosswalks? If not, please encourage them to register for the Sept. 24 Designing Streets for Pedestrian Safety workshop.

Topics include street connectivity, access management, road diets, complete streets, intersection design, access to transit, and the nuts and bolts of creating safe crossings. Instructor Michael Ronkin is an internationally recognized expert on pedestrian facilities design and has presented training sessions in over 60 cities.

The workshop will take place at First Presbyterian Church, located at 1328 Peachtree Street in Midtown.

E Keathley September 18, 2012 at 12:54 PM
So happy to see action on the sidewalk issue. Thanks for posting this.
Tim September 18, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Sounds like they are taking the sidewalk responsibility away from the property owners and transfering it to the taxpayers. That is a lot of money for residents to come up with! Wonder if the city will assume the legal responsibility for sidewalks also? And for those that are already in good condition? A fundamental chance like this really needs to be "aired out" before being implimented.
Tammy September 18, 2012 at 05:39 PM
It is embarrassing to see how broken down the sidewalks here are in Atlanta. Sidewalks should have always been part of the city's responsibility, not the homeowner.

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